You never know what you are capable of until you try. You have to be willing to risk to see what is possible. You have to leap into the unknown and be ok with whatever outcome occurs. You have to let go of expectations and just be in the moment.
I am learning these lessons each and every day throughout my marathon training. There must be no expectations. I just need to show up, listen to my body, and put one foot in front of the other. What happens after that is out of my control. I am doing the work by showing up. I am proving what I am capable of by putting one foot in front of the other. I am here. I am present.
Along with training for the marathon I am also raising money for cancer research. This in itself is a whole other journey. One that requires me stepping deeply outside of my comfort zone. To help raise my pledged amount I hosted a fundraiser; an afternoon of games and fun. Hosting this type of event makes me queasy and nervous.
- I am not very good at party planning.
- When it comes to asking for people to help out and bring something along, I would much rather just figure it out myself. I struggle with the asking.
- That struggling for asking runs deep, especially when it comes to asking people to donate money.
But here's what I learned. People want to help. They want to be a part of something. They want to show support any way they can. When I am out on the road running it may just be me and the road but there is tribe of individuals cheering me on and supporting each step I take.
The support I have is immense. Friends and family arrived with smiles, ready to play and more than willing to donate. There was lots of laughter and beautiful memories made. The love and support I felt from them has ben tucked deep in my heart and I will carry it with me on my training and on race day.
I am grateful for all the lessons I am learning on this journey. For all the stories I have heard and shared. For the connections and the moments. Training for a marathon is a priceless opportunity. I am beyond grateful that I am healthy enough to have the opportunity to do it.
Thank you for your support. For your love. For your cheers. Without each of you I would be standing still wondering if I am able to do it. You have helped me believe in myself. You have pushed me forward. Thank YOU!